How to Grow Asiatic Jasmine

Overview

Asiatic jasmine, (Trachelospermum asiaticum) is also known as yellow star jasmine and small leaf confederate jasmine. It has small, inconspicuous, yet fragrant yellow-white to creamy yellow flowers. Asiatic jasmine is often chosen for its fast-growing ground-covering capabilities. It forms a dense, rolling mat of shiny evergreen foliage that grows to about 1 foot tall. Asiatic jasmine is hardy in USDA Zones 8 to 10. Plant Asiatic jasmine in full sun or partial shade, and make sure it is in fast-draining, rich soil.

Step 1

Dig up the planting area using a shovel or a garden fork to remove all weeds, sticks, rocks and any other objects that interfere with the growth of your Asiatic jasmine.

Step 2

Spread a 2-inch layer of organic matter over the planting area. You can use compost, aged manure, grass clippings, leaf mold or other like material. Mix the organic matter into the soil thoroughly using the garden fork or shovel. Level and smooth out the entire planting area using a leaf rake.

Step 3

Dig planting holes using your shovel or a trowel that are twice the width of the container the Asiatic jasmine plants are growing in but approximately the same depth. If you're planting a mass or a border of Asiatic jasmine, space each of the holes between 24 and 36 inches apart.

Step 4

Remove an Asiatic jasmine from its growing container. To do this, turn the pot upside down. Hold the plant's stem at the top of the root ball between your index and middle finger. Strike the rim of the pot along a sturdy object, such as a table. If you have a trowel, use it and strike upward along the rim of the pot.

Step 5

Remove the pot from the Asiatic jasmine as soon as you see the pot start to loosen from the root ball. Check the root ball of the Asiatic jasmine for bound or encircled roots. If the roots look matted, loosen them with your fingers. If the roots appear encircled, use a pair of garden snips to sever the encircled roots.

Step 6

Set an Asiatic jasmine plant into one of the previously dug planting holes. Adjust the Asiatic jasmine in the planting hole so that it's sitting level and straight in the hole. Push soil into the planting hole to fill it. Then, tap it down around the root system gently. Water each of the Asiatic jasmine plants thoroughly.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or garden fork
  • Leaf rake
  • Trowel (optional)
  • Garden snips

References

  • Floridata.com: Asiatic Jasmine
  • University of Florida: Trachelospermum asiaticum
  • University of Florida: The Jasmine Project
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About this Author

Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on gardenguides.com. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.